A player believed to be a loan target for Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton was singled out for praise last year for a superb performance against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
According to ESPN, the Toffees are in advanced talks over bringing Fikayo Tomori to Goodison Park for the season.
The Chelsea defender has attracted interest from a number of clubs including Rennes and Newcastle, but Everton are in pole position for his services, claims the outlet.
Tomori enjoyed a breakthrough season on loan at Derby in 2018-19, helping the Rams – then managed by current Blues boss Frank Lampard – to the playoff final.
The 22-year-old then featured prominently for Chelsea early on during the 2019-20 season before signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal last December.
However, he lost his place in the second half of the season and didn’t feature after the resumption of English football in June.
Now, Chelsea reportedly want him to gain Premier League experience and, if the report is true, he could follow in Kurt Zouma’s footsteps in spending time at Everton.
The Toffees would be getting a player who famously kept Salah quiet when Chelsea hosted Liverpool in the league last September.
Although the West Londoners fell to a 2-1 defeat, Mario Melchiot raved about Tomori’s display, telling talkSPORT: “I spent 90 minutes watching this young kid and the way he played against Salah was really impressive. There were moments where I didn’t even see Salah in the game, Tomori did really well against him.
“There were a couple of races where Salah had the ball and it was one-on-one situation and I thought this might be trouble. But he just managed to get the ball off him, hold possession and then carry on making sure the team could attack again. I really enjoyed watching Tomori play in a game of that size and doing so well.”
Everton have bolstered their ranks significantly this summer and Tomori would be a superb addition to Ancelotti’s squad – and based on the report, it’s looking very promising that he’ll be swapping London’s blue for Merseyside’s blue.
Even though he lost his place in the XI last season, the fact he was given a long-term contract shows how highly he is rated at Stamford Bridge, and if Everton can obtain his services for the season, they’ll be one step closer to having a formidable squad.